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Publisher's Summary

Young Jane Young's heroine is Aviva Grossman, an ambitious congressional intern in Florida who makes the life-changing mistake of having an affair with her boss - who is beloved, admired, successful, and very married - and blogging about it. When the affair comes to light, the congressman doesn't take the fall, but Aviva does, and her life is over before it hardly begins. She becomes a late-night talk show punchline; she is slut shamed and considered a blight on politics in general. How does one go on after this?
In Aviva's case, she sees no way out but to change her name and move to a remote town in Maine. She tries to start over as a wedding planner, to be smarter about her life, and to raise her daughter to be strong and confident. But when, at the urging of others, she decides to run for public office herself, that long ago mistake trails her via the Internet like a scarlet A. For in our age, Google guarantees that the past is never, ever truly past, that everything you've done will live on for everyone to know about for all eternity. And it's only a matter of time until Aviva's daughter, Ruby, finds out who her mother was and is and must decide whether she can still respect her.
©2017 Gabrielle Zevin (P)2017 HighBridge, a Division of Recorded Books
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Critic Reviews

"Narrator Karen White animates five perspectives in this story of Aviva, a young intern who has a disastrous affair with a congressman.... White excels at using accents, intonations, and emotions to create believable portrayals of primary and secondary characters.... White captures relationship dynamics and irony with a light touch that reveals darker themes of sexism and the unforgiving nature of the Internet." (AudioFile)
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1 out of 5 stars
By em g on 01-15-18

DNF not for me

I was bored and annoyed and bored by this. I slogged thru first 4 chapters & then acted on my NEw Years resolution to DNF books that aren't for me . No more dutiful death marches to end of an unfulfilling book.
Took too long to get going. I didn't want to spend another second with the character who narrated the early chapters. It wasn't funny or charming or endearing. So I bailed.

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3 of 4 people found this review helpful

3 out of 5 stars
By PollyAnna2 on 12-04-17

"she said, she said, she said, she said....."

Would you try another book from Gabrielle Zevin and/or Karen White?

Maybe, from Gabrielle Zevin, I'm still not finished yet, but if the writing is a little more creative, it's possible. Karen White, however, is fantastic! Her narration is the main thing that has kept me from giving in on this novel.

What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

I haven't been able to make it to the end yet. I go back to it, and listen to the repeated "she said, she said" for every single character, for every single time they speak. One reviewer stated that she thought it was "lazy writing" and I really have to agree. My 1st grade nephew knows more ways to describe when someone is speaking or has spoken. I listen for as long as I possibly can, but each "she said" grows more and more grating, and when I can't take it anymore, I stop listening for a few weeks, then go back again.

You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

Karen White's narration saved it!

Any additional comments?

The use of a thesaurus would be a game changer!

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2 of 3 people found this review helpful

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